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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Re-pitcing advice
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:13:35 AM »
There's a tab on the Mr. Malty yeast calculator for repitching from a slurry:
http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html

I've yet to do that but will be harvesting some this weekend for use in my next brew.

Good luck!


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Equipment and Software / Re: Ranco 2 stage settings
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:15:35 PM »
EDIT: I just realized you were talking 1 degree on the heat side, just ignore this post.  :-[

Sensor is in a thermowell, so I'll set both sides to 68 with 1 degree differential. Thanks zorch

I don't have a Ranco so this advice might not be worth a crap, but when I set mine to 1 degree it would occasionally cycle the freezer for about a second then shut it off.  The temp reading would sometimes flip back and forth from, say, 67 to 68 then back to 67 as it was warming up.  I switched to a 2 degree swing and it solved than problem. When I set to 67 it will go down to 67.9 then up to 69.0 then back down, effectively 68. Stupid but it works. 

I have this controller: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057APQIY/ref=oh_o04_s00_i00_details

Anyway, just thought I would chime in just in case.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Boil Kettle
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:09:12 PM »


You know they have pills for that sort of problem...  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Is this a poor shape for a mash tun?
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:07:32 PM »
Great! I've been kinda disappointed in my first mash tun. It was the only thing I really didn't put much thought into. I purchased a pre-made 5 gallon igloo with false bottom but its just too small for larger gravity beers. I'll keep using it for now but will probably end up switching to the larger cooler in a few months.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: NHC brew letdown
« on: March 15, 2012, 07:14:39 PM »
I brewed a bunch of recipes that I like to make for the NHC and I was really careful, really meticulous, really stringent on my measuring, sanitation etc and now that I'm tasting them, I'm sort of disappointed.  I think my regular old everyday beers where I just make beer are better.  Is it possible to be too clinical?  You just can't taste the love...

Just send them to me, then. I'll make sure they are properly evaluated.  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Is this a poor shape for a mash tun?
« on: March 15, 2012, 07:05:11 PM »
This is the interior of a cooler I rarely use:


Wouldn't that hump cause a large patch a dead space that wouldn't get a lot of water rinsed through it?

It IS blue at least.  8)

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Thanks!

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My next problem is collecting enough bottles to keep brewing while these have time to age. Where to keep them all?  ;D

If you have a Costco membership or know someone with one they sell their own craft beer, 4 different 6 packs for $18. I bought those, drank them, then removed the labels. The beer is pretty good, especially for less than $1 per beer.

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...you spend your entire lunch hour and breaks on the AHA forum.  8)

*guilty*

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I get some of that honey tomorrow, so I'll get to see how strong the flavor is. I'm sure I'll try something eventually, though.

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Ingredients / Re: Rule of thumb for using lactic acid for pH reduction
« on: March 13, 2012, 07:40:58 PM »

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...you're watching an episode of Hoarders and notice that they're tossing a BLUE, rectangular cooler and think "damn, I could use that as a mash tun!"

 :o

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Ingredients / Rule of thumb for using lactic acid for pH reduction
« on: March 13, 2012, 06:26:24 PM »
I imagine this had been addressed before, but I've been wading through dozens of posts of various sites and can't seem to find what I'm looking for.

Is there a rule of thumb for using lactic acid to reduce mash pH?  Like, X ml lactic acid per pound of grain, or per gallon of mash water to reduce pH by 0.1?

I'm looking for something that will help on brew day when for whatever reason my pH is too high.

Again, sorry if this has been addressed before, I just haven't been able to find it.

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Ingredients / Re: Grain storage
« on: March 13, 2012, 04:01:33 PM »

i have never noticed anything penetrate a plastic tub (not ziplock). 


Rats chewed into my shopvac once. I had vacuumed up dog food and didn't empty the bin. They chewed right through the drain plug at the bottom. I've had duct tape over it ever since.

they were just trying to save you the labor of dumping the thing ;D

 ;D

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Ingredients / Re: Grain storage
« on: March 13, 2012, 03:46:13 PM »

i have never noticed anything penetrate a plastic tub (not ziplock). 


Rats chewed into my shopvac once. I had vacuumed up dog food and didn't empty the bin. They chewed right through the drain plug at the bottom. I've had duct tape over it ever since.

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